Defendants Appear To Enter Pleas To New Indictments
Several new indictees made pleas before Judge Karl in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Monday.
Warren Todd Wade, 46, of HC 68, Box 21, Wileyville, was present before Judge Mark A. Karl alongside appointed counsel, Jeremiah Gardner. During this hearing Gardner was appointed to all of Wade’s cases, totaling 11 indictments this term. Wade entered innocent pleas to each count and will return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. It was noted in the courtroom that upon apprehension Wade allegedly brandished a loaded weapon. It was further discussed that at that point it was unclear whether Wade had intentions of shooting the police or himself. With such news, Judge Karl deemed Wade a flight risk and bond was set at a total of $200,000 for all six counts in his indictments. Wade is remanded to the Northern Regional Jail until his next appearance in Wetzel County Circuit Court.
Wade was handed a total of 11 indictments this term. Wade received a three-count indictment for his offenses, said to have occurred on or about Sept. 11. Counts one and two of this indictment charge Wade with the felony offense of wanton endangerment involving a firearm in that he allegedly pointed a firearm at Cpl Roger G. Spragg II and Deputy R. L. Scott Jr. in Wetzel County. Count three charges Wade with the misdemeanor offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in that he did possess a firearm and had been convicted of one count of grand larceny during the month of September 2007 in Wetzel County.
In his second indictment, Wade is charged with one count each of the felony offense of sexual assault in the first degree and sexual abuse by a custodian.
Wade’s third indictment charges him with one count each of the felony offense of fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence and driving under the influence of alcohol. Count two of this indictment alleges that on or about the same date Wade drove an all terrain vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
In his fourth indictment Wade is charged with one count each of the felony offense of entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny.
Wade is also charged with one count of the felony offense of sexual abuse in the first degree.
Lastly, Wade is charged with one count of the felony offense of receiving stolen goods.
Eric John Spears, 26, of HC 62, Box PP, Pine Grove, entered innocent pleas for all six of his sexual assault charges. Spears will return Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. He was given until 4 p.m. Oct. 5 to post his $20,000 cash bond. Should he fail or refuse to do so he was ordered to surrender himself to the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim in his case.
Counts one and three charge Spears with the felony offense of sexual assault in the second degree. Count five of the indictment charges Spears with the felony offense of sexual assault.
Counts two, four, and six charge Spears with the felony offense of sexual abuse by a custodian.
Matthew James Myers, 25, of 819 Fifth Street, Apt. 1, New Martinsville, stood silent as the court entered innocent pleas on his behalf for his two-count sexual assault in the third degree charges. He will return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. In Wetzel County Magistrate Court he was ordered a $5,000 cash only bond for the first count. Judge Karl ruled a $5,000 surety or professional bondsmen for each count.
Randy L. Lewis, 21, of 325 Virginia Street, New Martinsville, pleaded innocent to his one-count sexual assault charge. He will return Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. His bond continues.
Norman Albert Jackson, 34, of 1004 Fifth Street, Rear No. 3, Moundsville, stood silent as the court entered an innocent plea on his behalf for his one count of felony third or subsequent offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. Jackson will return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. His bond continues.
Colby J. Acree, 20, of 203 South Second Avenue, Paden City, entered a plea of innocence to his one-count indictment of the felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin). His $20,000 bond remains and he will return Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Attorney Kevin Neiswonger, standing in for Acree’s attorney David White, noted Acree has a pending probation violation in Tyler County and asked that Acree remain in the Northern Regional Jail throughout these proceedings to better accommodate White meeting with his client. Judge Karl granted the request.
Natacia L. Lallathin, 27, of 906 1/2 Meadow Heights, Paden City, also entered a plea of innocence for her one count indictment of the felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin). Her attorney Roger Weese motioned to have her bond reduced as Lallathin is the mother of a one-year-old, is dealing with cervical cancer, and is a full-time student at West Virginia Northern Community College. Weese added she was not a flight risk. Judge Karl reduced her bond from $20,000 cash only to $20,000 surety or professional bondsmen. Lallathin is to return Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.
Andrew Laugh, 20, of 134 Wetzel Street, Paden City, pleaded innocent to his one-count indictment of the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance (marijuana). Present with his appointed counsel, Attorney Neiswonger, Laugh will return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. His bond continues.
Brian Tyler Russell, 20, of 819 Fifth Street, New Martinsville, entered a plea of innocence for his one-count charge for the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver alongside appointed counsel, Attorney Neiswonger. Russell will return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Jason S. Noland, 24, of 819 Fifth Street, Apt. 1, New Martinsville, pleaded innocent to his one-count charge of felony possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. His bond continues until his return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Two new indictees delayed entering pleas for their alleged crimes. Daniel L. Postlethwait, 25, of 28 Rose Street, Lot 42 South, New Martinsville, was present in Wetzel County Circuit Court without counsel to address his one-count indictment, felony offense of display of obscene matter to a minor. Postlethwait was ordered to fill out an affidavit and return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. to enter his plea. Additionally, bond was set at $5,000 cash, surety, or professional bondsmen to be posted by Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Otherwise, Postlethwait was to surrender himself to the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office.
Howard Ray Starkey, 22, of 1026 Third Street, New Martinsville, will return Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. for his arraignment. Starkey is charged four felonies, two each of burglary and grand larceny. His appointed counsel, Attorney Neiswonger, requested time to review Starkey’s four-count indictment before entering a plea. Starkey was also ordered to fill out an affidavit. His bond continues.
Three new indictees failed to appear in Wetzel County Circuit Court. Newman B. Hoover II, 43, formerly of Route 1, Box 105, New Martinsville, and presently of 140 Cecil Meneffe Drive, Moorefield, W.Va., failed to appear before Judge Karl and was issued a capias warrant for his arrest. It was made known in the court room that Hoover was served his notice to appear on Sept. 22 by the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office.
Hoover was indicted for the felony offenses of sexual assault in the third degree, sexual abuse by a custodian, and incest.
Paul Junior Chase, 62, formerly of 3500 Main Street, Pine Grove, and presently of 229 Summit Drive, Apt. D, Salineville, Ohio, also failed to appear in Wetzel County Circuit Court. A capias warrant was issued for his arrest. Chase is facing a one-count indictment for the felony offense of delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (Hydrocodone).
April M. Wood, 38, of 3413 Central Avenue, Shadyside, Ohio, did not receive her notice to appear, as her subpoena was returned to sender by the mail. Gardner commented he represented Wood during Magistrate proceedings, though has had no contact with her since that time. Likewise, a capias warrant for her arrest was issued. Wood is facing the felony offense of uttering.